Tuesday, May 21, 2013

2013 Fall Matchups


For a fourth straight year, here's a lineup of every timeslot (except Saturdays) and some really quick reactions to how the matchups look. Here are the previous editions: 2010 | 2011 | 2012

New shows in ALL CAPS.



Net MONDAY
8:00 8:30
ABC Dancing with the Stars
CBS How I Met Your Mother WE ARE MEN
NBC The Voice
Fox Bones (later ALMOST HUMAN)
CW Hart of Dixie

Until Almost Human's premiere (and it's not a given that will actually happen in this hour), there won't be much excitement here. Among CBS' four new comedies, We Are Men seems the best candidate for an early cancellation. But if that happens, there'll be an interesting replacement tension between Mike and Molly (which seems "first off the bench" since it has 22 episodes) and seemingly perfect fit Friends with Better Lives.

Net MONDAY
9:00 9:30
ABC Dancing with the Stars
CBS 2 Broke Girls MOM
NBC The Voice
Fox SLEEPY HOLLOW
CW Beauty and the Beast

Will 2 Broke Girls post worthy launch-pad numbers for Mom? Does Mom's placement in this slot mean CBS only thinks it has roughly Mike and Molly kind of potential?

Net MONDAY
10:00 10:30
ABC Castle
CBS HOSTAGES
NBC THE BLACKLIST

Hostages as CBS' only new drama vs. The Blacklist as NBC's "white-hot," "best-testing in a decade" drama looks like perhaps the most intriguing new show vs. new show matchup of the fall.



Net TUESDAY
8:00 8:30
ABC MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D
CBS NCIS
NBC The Biggest Loser
Fox DADSBROOKLYN NINE-NINE
CW THE ORIGINALS

This is perhaps the most interesting hour of the week. It's the only hour in which three networks are completely new, including the most buzzed-about new show in SHIELD. And it's not like either of the networks with returning shows are shmucks!

Net TUESDAY
9:00 9:30
ABC THE GOLDBERGSTROPHY WIFE
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles
NBC The Voice
Fox New GirlThe Mindy Project
CW Supernatural

Truly something for everyone here: family comedies, hangout comedies, procedural drama, genre drama, reality. While there's certainly not the kind of comedy logjam here that there was last year, especially since the ABC and Fox shows are probably chasing different audiences, having The Voice around may be even worse for the laffers.

Net TUESDAY
10:00 10:30
ABC LUCKY 7
CBS Person of Interest
NBC Chicago Fire

Person of Interest vs. Chicago Fire is one of the most intriguing returnee matchups of the fall. Lucky 7 is at least a decent counter-programming choice thematically, but it seems likely to be an afterthought.



Net WEDNESDAY
8:00 8:30
ABC The Middle BACK IN THE GAME
CBS Survivor
NBC Revolution
Fox The X Factor
CW Arrow

The big question in this hour is whether Revolution can bring any kind of reasonable audience to the self-starting role. It's far from a given that this show will crush last year's occupants, the low-1's comedies, but you can't say the bar isn't low!

Net WEDNESDAY
9:00 9:30
ABC Modern Family SUPER FUN NIGHT
CBSCriminal Minds
NBC Law and Order: SVU
Fox The X Factor
CW THE TOMORROW PEOPLE

ABC: investing in family comedy everywhere except the slot after the largest family comedy! Can Super Fun Night find broad appeal where other hangout comedies haven't? Meanwhile, The Tomorrow People seems pretty well positioned in the slot where Supernatural thrived last year.

Net WEDNESDAY
10:00 10:30
ABC Nashville
CBS CSI
NBC IRONSIDE

I've seen suggestions that NBC didn't put Ironside after The Voice because it'll be too old-skewing for that situation. Makes sense, although I will point out that as crime procedurals go, SVU also skews pretty young. This feels like the kind of show NBC might have put on Friday a few years back, but not in today's Grimm-driven world.



Net THURSDAY
8:00 8:30
ABC ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND
CBS The Big Bang Theory THE MILLERS
NBC Parks and Recreation WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
Fox The X Factor
CW The Vampire Diaries

Perhaps the two fall trailers that most increased my anticipation for the shows were Once: Wonderland and Welcome to the Family. Unfortunately, they may both be pretty long shots in this hour. While WTTF could become a decent player, I doubt it will stick out enough to self-start, and that's what it's got to do alongside Parks. I'd much rather see it get a chance to lead out of Michael J. Fox.

Net THURSDAY
9:00 9:30
ABC Grey's Anatomy
CBS THE CRAZY ONES Two and a Half Men
NBC SEAN SAVES THE WORLD THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW
Fox Glee
CW REIGN

This has got to be the most uncertainty we've seen in this traditionally very strong hour in several years, with The Office gone in favor of a couple big-name newbies and Person of Interest moved in favor of a comedy hour anchored by a new show. After throwing in Rake at midseason, it could be almost anybody's game.

Net THURSDAY
10:00 10:30
ABC Scandal
CBS Elementary
NBC Parenthood

Strangely, this is the only hour Monday thru Friday with absolutely no new shows. And yet all three returnees will be intriguing. Can Scandal truly hit the big time after a very hot back half of season two? Will Elementary, a barely acceptable show in season one, remain above water? And can Parenthood, moved for the first time in series history, eke out an audience against fellow female-skewer Scandal?



Net FRIDAY
8:00 8:30
ABC Last Man Standing The Neighbors
CBS Undercover Boss
NBC Dateline
Fox JUNIOR MASTERCHEF (later Bones)
CW The Carrie Diaries

While I thought The Neighbors was a stronger show than Malibu Country, I didn't necessarily think it was a better fit with Last Man Standing. I figured it was competing for a slot in an additional comedy hour. But now that pairing has happened, and we'll get to see if it makes any improvement retention-wise.

Net FRIDAY
9:00 9:30
ABC Shark Tank
CBS Hawaii Five-0
NBC Grimm
Fox Sleepy Hollow (R) (later Raising Hope / ENLISTED)
CW America's Next Top Model

On the usually volatile Friday night, CBS has managed to survive the last eight years with really only two big combinations: the Ghost Whisperer/Numb3rs era and the CSI: NY/Blue Bloods era. So this will be a rare season of transition, and it's very questionable whether Hawaii Five-0 has enough in the tank for a 3+ season Friday "era" of its own. To CSI: NY's credit, it lasted at least a year longer than expected.

Net FRIDAY
10:00 10:30
ABC 20/20
CBS Blue Bloods
NBC DRACULA

I have to say, I really like the idea of cycling genre co-productions through this night; seems like a good way to use Grimm and not get slammed financially in the process. Maybe we can throw Hannibal into the rotation as well?!



Net SUNDAY
8:00 8:30
ABC Once Upon a Time
CBS The Amazing Race
NBC Sunday Night Football
Fox The Simpsons Bob's Burgers

Yawn. Sunday at 8:00 is the one of just two of the hours on this post to remain intact year-to-year, with the other being...

Net SUNDAY
9:00 9:30
ABC Revenge
CBS The Good Wife
NBC Sunday Night Football
Fox Family Guy American Dad!

...Sunday at 9:00! The only intriguing thing about Sunday is...

Net SUNDAY
10:00 10:30
ABC BETRAYAL
CBS The Mentalist
NBC Sunday Night Football

...what replaces Betrayal should it fail (which seems pretty likely). I rather liked the look of midseason drama Resurrection.

3 comments:

Spot said...

I second the yawn on Sunday @ 8, given how boring the shows there already are. I guess it's just gonna stay open - unless a cable net wants to step up...

Spot said...

Football and cable's strong shows on Sundays are creating a new PTSD for the broadcast networks. Much like facing Idol in the mid-aughts, the networks seem willing to accept lower returns against the behemoths.


When you string the schedules together, it's easy to see what the competing nights are for the different networks. ABC, Fox, and The CW are pushing hardest on Tuesdays while CBS and NBC are taking aim on Thursdays.

Spot said...

I third the amazement at Sunday becoming a network surrender night.

Now that Revolution is officially out of the Voice lead-out spot, I'm kind of rooting for it to self-start against a couple aging reality shows and the weaker half of ABC's comedy block.

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